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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesda View Post
    SUVs are usually wider too. The last big wide wagon available in the US was the Buick Roadmaster/Olds Cruiser/Chevy Caprice.

    Americans own a lot of boats and horses too, so the towing capacity is important (the GM full size wagons could out-tow a Range Rover however).
    Towing is a good point actually.

    I was under the impression the tow capacity of Range rovers was over 7,700lbs which is pretty high, but I'm not sure about the older ones say the 70s - mid 90's models..

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    just try and tell me this isnt sexy

    that isn't sexy

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    my 79 Olds Regency use to pull a 6000lb+ trailer without batting an eyelash. most of today's SUVs would struggle with that. Even if they don't, they would be needing transmission service in short order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    my 79 Olds Regency use to pull a 6000lb+ trailer without batting an eyelash. most of today's SUVs would struggle with that. Even if they don't, they would be needing transmission service in short order.
    That's pretty bad, I have a hard time believing a new SUV would have trouble with that when my 94 Silverado doesn't.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Diesel wagon. Towing problem solved

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Eight View Post
    That's pretty bad, I have a hard time believing a new SUV would have trouble with that when my 94 Silverado doesn't.
    your 94 silverado has a ladder frame and a beefed up transmission. today's SUVs have neither. and the unitbody SUVs (aka crossovers) are even worse. Which is why most of them are tow rated for less than 3000 lbs, if they are rated at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    your 94 silverado has a ladder frame and a beefed up transmission. today's SUVs have neither. and the unitbody SUVs (aka crossovers) are even worse. Which is why most of them are tow rated for less than 3000 lbs, if they are rated at all.
    But aren't SUVs like the Escalade built on the same chassis as the pickup trucks, or are the pickups beefed up to pull? Crossover = worst of both worlds IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardrockcamaro@mac.c View Post
    I've yet to figure out why people over here buy SUV's which they say is for space when the load area on a wagon is bigger and they seat the same number of people in about the same comfort but use way less fuel and cost way less to buy...
    If you want space, vans are still the way to go.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    your 94 silverado has a ladder frame and a beefed up transmission. today's SUVs have neither. and the unitbody SUVs (aka crossovers) are even worse. Which is why most of them are tow rated for less than 3000 lbs, if they are rated at all.
    The real body on frame SUV's are pretty damn capable tow rigs. Tahoe, Suburban, Escalades, etc are all pretty stout. The Ford Expidion and Navigator are rated to tow big loads as well, but the motors Ford puts in them don't have that low end torque like the GM SUV's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Eight View Post
    But aren't SUVs like the Escalade built on the same chassis as the pickup trucks, or are the pickups beefed up to pull? Crossover = worst of both worlds IMO
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    The real body on frame SUV's are pretty damn capable tow rigs. Tahoe, Suburban, Escalades, etc are all pretty stout. The Ford Expidion and Navigator are rated to tow big loads as well, but the motors Ford puts in them don't have that low end torque like the GM SUV's.
    You guys are talking about the BIG suvs. Not everyone wants something that big to tow with. And many people who have to tow, cannot afford a separate tow vehicle, or even one of those big SUVs period.

    Alot of people want to or have to use something like a Trailblazer or Explorer. Which are probably around 5000 lbs towing. But realistically, while the chassis can handle it without a problem, it is the transmission you have to worry about.

    Now that unitbody SUVs are the trend, 3000-4000 lbs is pushing it. While that's enough to pull some snowmobiles or jetskis, I have friends with campers who have to own a Tahoe or F150 just to pull it. And are stuck driving those trucks everyday and hate it.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    You guys are talking about the BIG suvs. Not everyone wants something that big to tow with. And many people who have to tow, cannot afford a separate tow vehicle, or even one of those big SUVs period.
    There are pretty darn good deals now days on Tahoes and Expiditions, just base models without a lot of options. You can get into one of those now days for right at or under 30k. Depreciation is a bitch on them too, so buying a used one is a really good value IMO.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post

    Alot of people want to or have to use something like a Trailblazer or Explorer. Which are probably around 5000 lbs towing. But realistically, while the chassis can handle it without a problem, it is the transmission you have to worry about.
    They should really offer "towing" models with a stronger tranny.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    I just got an '10 SRX as a courtesy car, and I am pretty impressed. It definitely isn't my type of car, but it's really quiet, comfortable, and the handling is pretty good considering a FWD based AWD system. The only problem I have found is the transmission. The shifting is a bit harsh at low speeds and it gets really puzzled when I'm coasting to a red light. Other than that it doesn't seem to have any rattles like my CTS. It is also pretty nicely equipped for the price. I think the one I have is just about $40k, and it has the Ultraview roof, push button start, power liftgate, a usb jack, a nice radio display, and I really like the color screen in the speedometer.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    There are pretty darn good deals now days on Tahoes and Expiditions, just base models without a lot of options. You can get into one of those now days for right at or under 30k. Depreciation is a bitch on them too, so buying a used one is a really good value IMO.
    I really want to get an Escalade. Not for towing, but it seems every weekend we are loading up our Pilot with the kids, their wares, my mom and brother, and it starts to get crowded in there really quickly. It would be nice to have a little more space. Then there is the fact that the Pilot, even with only a driver in the car, can't get out of its own way. Add all the bodies and crap in the back, and the thing downshifts every time you breath on the gas pedal.

    Compare that to the coolness of the Escalade, along with its 400 hp of muscle. I wants me one. I just have to figure out how to sell it to the wife. She brings up the gas hog issue, but aren't folks getting 15mpg or so with the slade? Only getting 19-20 with the Pilot.

    The only other problem is that neither of us is going to want to drive it everyday. So i will have to get a fourth car for the wife to commute in.

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    Re: 2010 SRX test drive

    now thats what im talkin bout


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